SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites forced to dodge Russian anti-satellite test debris

Debris from Russia’s anti-satellite missile test last month has forced some SpaceX Starlink internet satellites to dodge in order to avoid in-orbit collisions, the company’s CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday (Nov. 30).

The Russian anti-satellite missile test, which shattered the defunct nearly 2-ton surveillance satellite Cosmos 1408 into thousands of pieces on Nov. 15, prompted indignation from the international space community. Companies and governmental organizations including NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and Earth-observation company Planet, issued statements condemning Russia’s act as irresponsible and malicious. 


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